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« on: Jun 12, 2017, 02:59AM »

Does anyone here have experience of overactive thyroid, and being weak and breathless because of it?

All was going well for me since the start of the year, I was getting on well with my new-to-me Holton TR181, and had even decided around Easter time I was ready to arrange another lesson with Doug Elliott and really get stuck into improving my playing.

Then I became very unwell quite quickly, could hardly stand, weak as a kitten, pain all over, breathless, heart palpitations and hand tremors amongst other symptoms.  I couldn't play my trombone for 5 weeks.
I'm on medication now and things are easing off a bit, so I'm going to try and do a bit of practice later. 

I'm interested to know if anyone else has had this, and been treated with Carbimazole, do you get your breath back and if so how long will that take? 

I've got a concert booked in 3 weeks' time, and I don't know whether I will need to get a sub to cover for me.
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 13, 2017, 01:46PM »

Just cbz or have you beta blockers as well?
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 15, 2017, 03:23AM »

Just cbz or have you beta blockers as well?

No beta blockers.

I'm pleased to report that the heart stuff has pretty much stopped in the last few days, and I am feeling a lot more like myself. I've been on the Carb for 3 weeks today, so I assume that's kicking in properly now.
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 15, 2017, 06:17AM »

Glad to hear it  Good! . Beta blockers help with the tremor, slow your heart rate and reduce the palpitations, but could make you breathless.
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« Reply #4 on: Jun 16, 2017, 06:08AM »

Thanks, it seems it was the thyroid causing the shortness of breath, as I had that quite badly before starting any medication.  I still feel I'm getting better every day, so I hope to be back at band next week.

The only problem now is the itchiness caused by the carbimazole, I'm scratching like a monkey at the moment, and that's not a good look for anyone.  :D
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« Reply #5 on: Jun 16, 2017, 06:17AM »

Antihistamines (eg cetirizine 10mg daily) should help with the itch. I'll sometimes use higher doses, and if all else fails, hydroxyzine - but that is generally too sedating for daytime use.
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« Reply #6 on: Jun 16, 2017, 07:18AM »

I had a cat who developed an overactive thyroid when he was 12 years old.  After doing the medication for a while we had the radioactive iodine treatment which brought his levels to absolutely normal.

Do they do that for people?
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« Reply #7 on: Jun 16, 2017, 09:08AM »

I had a cat who developed an overactive thyroid when he was 12 years old.  After doing the medication for a while we had the radioactive iodine treatment which brought his levels to absolutely normal.

Do they do that for people?


I recall they did that with George H.W. Bush and wife his Barbara who somehow both came down with "Graves Disease" nearly simultaneously.  Seems like the radiation is used mainly on the elderly and/or after others treatments fail.
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« Reply #8 on: Jun 17, 2017, 04:59AM »

Radioiodine treatment is used in humans, yes
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« Reply #9 on: Jun 17, 2017, 05:02AM »

I had a cat who developed an overactive thyroid when he was 12 years old.  After doing the medication for a while we had the radioactive iodine treatment which brought his levels to absolutely normal.

Do they do that for people?


Yes, it seems that could be an option later on, depending on how things go.  It's possible it might just settle down again by itself in due course and the pills can be stopped.  This is what I'm hoping for, as the idea of radioactive iodine gives me the heebiejeebies.
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« Reply #10 on: Jun 17, 2017, 05:04AM »

Antihistamines (eg cetirizine 10mg daily) should help with the itch. I'll sometimes use higher doses, and if all else fails, hydroxyzine - but that is generally too sedating for daytime use.

Thanks, I'll go and get some this afternoon, it's not too bad during the day but evenings and bedtime it's absolutely maddening!
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